Sausage, Ham, and Cheese Bread (Killer Soft Bread Recipe)

I’ve been making various kinds of bread now so my son and husband can bring homemade fresh bread to school and office. My son usually bought bread from the bakeries to be brought to school for his snack during recess time, but now he brings his mom’s bread to school. Thankfully, he never asks to buy bread anymore now. Homemade bread is always the best no matter how it looks, hahaha………..

Besides cheese bread, his other favorite bread is sausage and ham and cheese bread. He would alternately buy sausage or ham and cheese bread from the bread store every week. So I intended to make this at home too.

I have been reading about this killer soft bread recipe in the internet for some time. So I thought of why not give it a try and see what the result would be. Although the recipe said that proofing only needed to be done one time, but I still did it two times.

For this recipe, it is said that the dough would rise very quickly, but it wasn’t what happen when I made this bread. Singapore is usually very hot and temperature can go up to 32 or 33 Celsius, but the day when I made this bread, it was raining heavily since morning and when my son checked on my phone, the temperature dropped to 25 Celsius. That was why it took longer time for the dough to rise, but when I made another bread with this recipe the second time, it took only 15 minutes for the dough to rise (but it was so hot that day).

For this bread, I used only water without milk, and although the bread texture is softer when using milk, but I liked it this was as it was more suitable for sausage and ham and cheese bread. I don’t like if the sausage bread is too soft. This was a big hit in my house as everyone liked it a lot.

For the sausage bread, I learn to make flower hot dog buns which was actually easier than I thought.  You can just follow my instructions below to be able to make this shape too. To differentiate the shape, I made another shape for the ham and cheese bread. For the sausage bread, people usually also add ketchup and mayonnaise, but since no one in the house liked it, I just added grated cheese on top of my sausage bread. It is very fun to try making different kind of shapes of bread, and I try to make different shape for each bread (chocolate, cheese, chicken, ham, sausage, and banana will all have different shape).

 

Ingredients:

  1. 260 gr bread flour
  2. 30 gr sugar
  3. 2 gr salt
  4. 15 gr milk powder
  5. 3 gr instant yeast
  6. 1 egg + water = 170 ml
  7. 30 gr unsalted butter
  8. sausages, ham, and cheese slices or grated cheddar cheese

Method: (if making the bread dough with a food processor)

  1. Prepare the food processor with the steel blade assembled.
  2. Place flour, sugar, salt, and instant yeast inside the food processor (put the salt and instant yeast on the different sides of the food processor bowl). Close the lid and pulse 2 or 3 times to mix the ingredients
  3. Add egg and butter
  4. Pulse again 2 or 3 times to combine all the ingredients together and until butter is no longer bigger than peas
  5. With the motor running, pour water through the feed tube in a steady stream as fast as the flour absorbs it until the dough form a ball in 15 to 20 seconds
  6. Let the machine run to complete the kneading process in about 2 minutes (this was the time needed in my food processor). End result: dough should be smooth, bouncy and not sticky
  7. Transfer the dough to a big bowl that has been lightly oiled. Turn the dough over to coat completely with oil. Cover the dough with a cling wrap and clean cloth
  8. Let rise until double in size. To see if the dough has risen enough, simply poke your finger into the dough, and if the finger mark stays, then it has finished rising
  9. Transfer the dough to the counter top
  10. Cut dough into 8 (around 50 gr) and shape as the instructions below, then place on the baking tray
  11. To shape sausage bread:
    Roll the dough flat keeping its diameter equal to the length of the sausage and put the sausage in one end
    Roll the dough
    Pinch to seal and flip the dough so the seal is at the bottom side
    Cut the top of the dough and the sausage into two. Don’t cut the bottom side of the dough. Look at the picture below for end result:
    End result: the bottom side of the dough is uncut
    In the same way as the instructions above, cut the dough into 4 then into 8
    Twist and place the sausages as shown to form a flower: bring the first cut to the front, the second cut to the left, the third cut to the right, the fourth cut to the left, the fifth cut to the right, etc
    End result

    How to shape ham and cheese bread:

    Roll the dough flat keeping its diameter equal to the length of the ham and cheese, and put ham and slice cheese in one end
    Cut the bottom side of the dough into several parts
    Roll the dough
    Bring the left side and the right side together in the middle
    Join the left and right sides together

    Seal tightly
  12. Cover the dough again with clean cloth and let rise for another 30 minutes
  13. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius
  14. Lightly brush each dough with milk and top the sausage bread with grated cheddar cheese
  15. Bake 180 Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown (my sausage bread needed 20 minutes but the ham and cheese bread only needed 17 minutes)
  16. After the bread is baked, lightly brush with unsalted butter for soft crust, then transfer to a cooling rack
  17. Cover with clean cloth (so the bread will not dry), and wait until the bread is cool enough before keeping it in an airtight container

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